Gaming Grub: Poké Ball Biscuits

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While going home for the weekend, I thought I’d make use of a well-stocked kitchen (student kitchens are often lacking in anything that isn’t a Pot Noodle and a fork) and make some Poké Ball inspired biscuits! I created simple vanilla biscuits topped with royal icing and dark chocolate for the central lines. These are really easy to make, if a little time consuming, so even if you’re not a whizz in the kitchen you can enjoy some nerdy snacks!

Ingredients
Ingredients
For biscuits:

  • 100g unsalted butter – left at room temperature
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 275g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For icing:

  • 480g icing sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • 100g dark chocolate – melted
  • Red food colouring

Method
Biscuits

    Biscuits:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F/Gas 5/190C. Line a couple of baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  2. Mix butter and sugar until combined.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until combined.
  4. Stir in flour until the mixture comes together as dough – I did this bit with my hands, which was a lot easier than messing around with a wooden spoon!
  5. Roll out your dough on a floured surface until it’s about 1cm/½in thick.
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut as many shapes as you can out – or if you’re like me, realise you don’t have any circular cutters and use a wine glass instead!
  7. Bake for around 10 minutes, or until they’re a golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  8.  
    Icing:
    Icing

  9. Whisk the egg whites and lemon juice together.
  10. Gradually add in the icing sugar until it’s combined – you’re looking for a syrupy consistency – it should be runny, but sticky and thick.
  11. Divide your icing into two bowls, adding red food colouring to one. – I actually divided my ingredients into two and mixed one batch at a time to save one drying out when I was working with the other.
  12. Fill your piping bag (fitted with a no. 2 tip) with one colour – I recommend starting with red – and pipe a semi-circle onto each of your cookies.
  13. Once this border has dried slightly fill the middle in, using a cocktail stick to spread the icing to the edges and allow to dry.
  14. Once dried, repeat steps 11 and 12 with the other colour.
  15. Fill your piping bag with the melted chocolate (or black icing if you want to be true to the Pokeball), pipe a line across the middle of your biscuits and put a small circle in the middle. Allow to dry.
  16. Put a smaller circle of white icing in the middle of each chocolate circle. Allow to dry – I didn’t, I had to taste one straight away!

I didn’t quite get the right colour red for my icing and my lines could have been a bit neater, but overall I’m quite happy with how they ended up – and they certainly taste great!

Finished

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